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    The protest drew about 100 people yesterday, many of them students and academics.

    The protest drew about 100 people yesterday, many of whom were students and academics.

    Is the first sentence fine? It appears to be a comma splice to me.

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    Default Re: Is the sentence fine?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    The protest drew about 100 people yesterday, many of them students and academics.

    The protest drew about 100 people yesterday, many of whom were students and academics.

    Is the first sentence fine? It appears to be a comma splice to me.

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    Both sentences are fine.
    You can't have a comma splice unless you have a sentence on both sides of a comma -- that's what "comma splice" means.

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    Default Re: Is the sentence fine?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    The protest drew about 100 people yesterday, many of them students and academics.

    Thanks.
    Hello Raymott sir.

    Can "were" be omitted here?

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    Default Re: Is the sentence fine?

    Quote Originally Posted by david11 View Post
    Hello Raymott sir.

    Can "were" be omitted here?
    Both sentences are fine - so much has already been established.
    You can't remove "were" from sentence 2, and sentence 1 doesn't need it.
    The sentence you quote doesn't contain "were".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Both sentences are fine. The only difference is that one has "were" and the other doesn't. So much has already been established.
    What can you infer from that?
    Thank you sir.

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    Quote Originally Posted by david11 View Post
    Thank you sir.
    PS: I've edited my post again. The sentences do actually contain differences beyond the use of "were". But "were" is not needed in the first.
    You're replying too quickly!

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    Default Re: Is the sentence fine?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post

    The sentence you quote doesn't contain "were".
    Yes. It doesn't contain "were".

    That's why I asked "Can we write it without were".

    Your subsequent post explained it.


    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    You can't remove "were" from sentence 2, and sentence 1 doesn't need it..
    Then, Is the following sentences possible?


    1)Most of your work good.

    2)Some of Americans black.

    I have written the above sentences without "were".


    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    PS: I've edited my post again. The sentences do actually contain differences beyond the use of "were".
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    Could you please explain the differences sir. I couldn't find any.






    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    You're replying too quickly.!
    I would not have replied, if I had known you were editing your post. Sorry for causing inconvenience sir.




    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    PS: I've edited my post again. The sentences do actually contain differences beyond the use of "were". But "were" is not needed in the first.
    You're replying too quickly!
    Thanks, Raymott.

    Could you please let me know the difference between the two sentences? I thought they had the same meaning.

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    Default Re: Is the sentence fine?

    Quote Originally Posted by david11 View Post
    Then, Is the following sentences possible?


    1)Most of your work is good.

    2)Some of Americans are black.

    I have written the above sentences without "were".
    That's OK, because 'were' is probably not the best verb but, being sentences, they require a verb. Up until now, we were discussing whether 'were' was needed in a dependent clause/phrase attached to a main clause that already had a verb.

    Thank you.
    There's a difference between omitting a verb from a dependent clause, and omitting a verb from a sentence.
    1. "The protest drew about 100 people yesterday, many of them students and academics."
    This sentence requires a verb, and it has one (drew). The adjectival phrase doesn't need a verb.

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